ACP YPN at The Global Landscapes Forum, Nairobi

On 29-30 August 2018, ACP YPN Expert Caroline Kawira participated in The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in Nairobi at the United Nations (UN) compound in Gigiri. Caroline was one of one thousand participants that were present in person and another 13,380 were tuned in online.Prior to GLF Nairobi, a youth conference was held which brought about 100 youth conservation leaders together for a 4 week online training which culminated in a 2 day training in Nairobi preceding the GLF from the 27-28th August 2018. (You can get to know these youth leaders!) The most important outcomes from the youth conference was the need to define restoration readiness and consequently, to build a framework for restoration readiness. The youth training focused on 3 values: integrity, innovation and partnership.

GLF Nairobi focused on prospects and opportunities for restoration in Africa, namely on the political and financial support and capacity-building using a full range of global, national, regional and local insights on policy and practice. The aims of GLF Nairobi were:

  1. Leveraging and deepening existing networks, particularly at the regional level.
  2. Demonstrating that food security and environmental degradation are not mutually exclusive by balancing the long and short terms concerns.
  3. Integrating the rights and resources of communities, vulnerable groups and smallholders into the vision of sustainable longer term.

Several institutions were present from Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research institutions (CGIAR), UN bodies, regional and international government representatives, international financial institutions, academia, private businesses, scholars, NGOs, conservation institutions and many more. Notably, there was a focus on community conservation during the forum with a high attendance of institutions and people who are engaging in community conservation.

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There was also a very high representation of institutions promoting restoration through the planting of trees. One eye-catching approach used by Vi Agroforestry allowed participants an opportunity to virtually plant a tree on a map of Africa and Vi Agroforestry promised to plant that tree in reality in one of their operation areas. Visitors to their stand planted 168 trees during the first day. Another impressive feature of the forum was a performance by Rocky Dawuni, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter from Ghana. He was also designated as the Regional Goodwill Ambassador at the evening of celebrations during the close GLF Nairobi on Thursday, August 30, 2018. (Watch his performance here)


By Caroline Kawira – Get in touch with Caroline on LinkedIn 

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ACP YPN accompany COLEACP mission to launch FFM-Caribbean

From 24th September 04th August, Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Director and Founder accompanied  the COLEACP mission to launch Fit for Market – Caribbean, led by COLEACP’s Regional Coordinator, Mrs. Yessie Meyer. Yentyl provided strategic support with her expertise in the region, with key stakeholders and the success of the mission proved that such institutional partnerships are extremely fruitful. The mission involved the formal FFM launch event in 4 countries (Suriname Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Barbados) with the relevant Ministries and stakeholders, field visits and follow-up meetings with Ministers and Ministries, Chambers of Commerce, farmers, private sector and regional organisations.

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The Fit For Market programme aims to competitiveness and sustainability of the ACP horticultural sector. It’s specific objective is to allow smallholder farmers, producer groups, farmer organisations, and small and medium enterprises, to access international and domestic fruit and vegetable markets by complying with the SPS standards and market requirements, in a sustainable framework. Youth organisations in the horticulture sector are invited to apply. See more and make a request here.

Amongst several visits, the team went to meet with dasheen farmers in the Richland Park & Greigg’s Village areas of mainland St. Vincent to present the type of support COLEACP and the Fit for Market program could provide to their structure (main picture above). Yentyl said, “I am continually inspired not only by the content of COLEACP work but their commitment and dedication to being the change we want to see in the world. Through the partnership with ACP YPN, we work together to ensure that young people will become beneficiaries of EU funded technical assistance programmes in the field of agriculture.”

Unfortunately, it was observed that there is a clear disconnect between youth and agriculture in the region, in part due to history (farming is linked to slavery) and in part due to lack of knowledge on the opportunities of the field, which is narrowly viewed despite the vast value and supply chains related to the field of agriculture. Nevertheless, the team made a few vital interactions were made with youth in agriculture, with the aim to develop and harness youth in agriculture in the region. Watch this space!

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